Dr Burklin-Wolf “Dry” Riesling 2017


16/20, Michael Schmidt, Jancis Robinson, “Fruit is still an important aspect of Bürklin-Wolf’s dry estate Riesling, but fresh herbal notes and a salty mineral streak get equal billing, which means that even at this Gutswein level you already get a degree of complexity.” (MS)

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The Bürklin-Wolf estate is based in the Mittelhaardt, the quality core of Germany’s world-renowned Pfalz, around the towns of Wachenheim, Forst, Deidesheim and Ruppertsberg. Here with 85ha under vine they have the largest family owned wine estate in all of Germany, with a treasure-trove of superb vineyards, at the centre of which lies the great Kirchenstück. Here in the tiny village of Forst, Kirchenstück and its neighbours Jesuitengarten, Ungeheuer and Pechstein, have for centuries been recognised as producing not only some of the world’s greatest dry Rieslings, but simply some of the world’s greatest wines.

‘In this discipline [dry Riesling], this estate has essentially no rival in all of Germany. In fact, given their sheer vineyard potential–they’re capable of producing seven grand crus and an equal number of premier crus in any given vintage–this may well be the best and most consistent producer of great dry Riesling in the world.’
Joel B. Payne, Vinous, January 2013.

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